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Old 06 April 2010, 16:59   #31
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Good call, Geoff.

Personally, I would sand the faces of all of the boards with a fairly course paper, and sand the edges till they are as smooth as a baby's arse. The rough sand on the faces should give a far better key.

I'd use some thinned out epoxy for a first coat, and a slightly stiffer mix for the second. Probably best to stick a third on the edges if they look like they need it. Finish with a couple of coats of compatible paint.

Use a rad roller. Mop head for epoxy coats (quicker), and foam head for topcoats (no dropped fibres).

A few minutes giving the boards a light rub between coats, followed by a quick wipe over with ever so slightly damp rag, should pay dividends in years to come.... and give a very acceptable finish. Don't leave it too long between coats (ie. 3 days in the sunshine). Water is very good a getting between layers of paint if the bond is compromised by an overly long cure.
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Forgot to say.....think ahead now if you need any fixings / battens on your floor ie. fuel tank / battery etc.

Best if it's all done together.
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Old 06 April 2010, 17:17   #33
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Brilliant, thanks mate (especially the batens).
when doing the epoxy and paint, is it ok to paint one side then the other, or does this affect the water resistance?
Also didn't post the pictures earlier, was wondering if the overlaps on either end look right, as I don't want to copy boards if they are wrong?
Do you fasten the overlaps with stainless screws?
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Old 07 April 2010, 16:12   #34
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Heard back from my nearest Avon dealer today who said after getting my boats serial that Avon wouldn't supply a floor due to the age of my boat (I asume 1985, as it ends in an 85).
Even though I probably wouldn't have bought it due to price, I was a little dissapointed that Avon, who pride themselves on the durability of thier boats can't supply a floor.
In their defence, I had no idea it was that old, it seems in very good condition, all things cosidered.
Does make me think back to Sharkbytes post about PVC Vs Hypalon in the recent futura thraed though.
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